- Publisher: Puffin Books
- Format: Paperback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 200g
- Publication date: 31 October 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141315989
- ISBN 13: 9780141315980
- Illustrations note: b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 6,589
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 is the first book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series. Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today. It's my mother's fault for singing 'My Way' at two o'clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home. Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared. Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades. "I not only wept, I howled and hooted and had to get up and walk around the room and wipe my eyes so that I could go on reading." (Tom Sharpe). "A satire of our times. Very funny indeed." (Sunday Times). "We laugh both at Mole and with him. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful." (Heat). Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 553/4), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.
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Sue Townsend is one of Britain's favourite comic authors. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 553/4), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, all of which are highly-acclaimed bestsellers. Sue passed away in 2014 and is survived by her husband, four children, ten grandchildren and millions of avid readers.
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"I have struggled to find books for my daughter that she really gets into. She is not a Jaqueline Wilson fan and never enjoyed the Harry Potter stories. I bought this book for my 12yr old daughter partly for my own nostalgic reasons (I read it and loved it at her age) and partly because I want to encourage her to read more. And it worked. She read this book in less than a week and then read 'Growing Pains' in less time again.
If you can put up with the constant "Listen to this bit Mum" and your child reading in bed way past your bedtime then I recommend this book. My daughter loved it. But what do I buy now?"
Adrian Mole, with his spots, his feckless, self-centred, incompetent parents and his yearning for the tantalizing, difficult Pandora is one of the great comic characters. Most teenagers will probably identify with something in his diary entries - if they can get it back from their parents! (Kirkus UK)